Today, the Shiv Sena said that the BJP had no moral right to criticize student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been charged with agitation, after teaming up with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Sena further asked the ruling BJP to withhold from taking political support from the sedition case against Mr. Kumar, ex-President of JNU Students Union.
BJP has committed a ‘sin’ by aligning with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, it claims that she has considered the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as a martyr. In Jammu and Kashmir, BJP was a part of the PDP-led government but in 2018 pulled out of the coalition.
On Monday, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in a court against Mr. Kumar and others, says that he was leading a procession and supported agitating slogans raised on the JNU Campus in February 2016.
In the Shiv Sena’s editorial mouthpiece “Saamana” said, “The BJP committed the biggest sin of aligning with Mehbooba Mufti, who considers Afzal Guru a freedom fighter and a martyr. Now the BJP, for its own benefit, should not try and take political mileage out of the sedition case filed against Kanhaiya.”
Terrorist Ajmal Kasab, found a convict in 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, was offered a chance by the court to defend himself and further expressed hope that Mr. Kumar would also be given chance to present his case.
If the charges against him are not true, they will not stand in court, claims Uddhav Thackeray-led party that is an ally of BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
It also asked, “Kanhaiya Kumar speaks well. Since he represents the harried and unemployed youth, he cannot give slogans hailing Afzal Guru or independence for Kashmir. Anyway, what moral right does the BJP have to condemn Kanhaiya Kumar?”
The Shiv Sena wondered if the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Prasad (ABVP), the RSS student wing was unable to win elections in JNU as voting there was not held through EVMs.
Shiv Sena in an ironic remark said, “Maharashtra BJP minister Girish Mahajan recently claimed he will show his ‘magic’ wherever he is sent and make sure his party wins polls. We request the BJP to send him to JNU to defeat the anti-nationals there. But tell him that elections in JNU are not held through EVMs.”